H. Upmann hit the nail on the head with the Sir Winston Gran Reserva Cosecha. This should come as no surprise considering the Sir Winston has always been an enthusiast favorite.
This is the first time H. Upmann has been selected for a Gran Reserva release and had the cigar world abuzz as the H. Upmann brand is known for superior quality tobacco.
The Gran Reserva concept stems from the aging of the leaves over a period of time, 5 years to be exact. The aging of the leaves gives the tobacco releases tannins for a much richer profile. The entire wrapper, binder, and filler all use the same tobacco adding to the loved flavor.
The release was obviously pretty damn exclusive with only 5,000 beautifully crafted numbered cases, with just 15 cigars in each. Getting the absolute best bang for your buck for the simple fact that this cigar took time to craft and nothing about the release was rushed.
H. Upmann Sir Winston Gran Reserva Cosecha 2011: History
H. Upmann has been producing quality cigars since conception in 1844. The founder, Herman Upmann was a German banker who was truly passionate about the cigars, so passionate he packed his bags and moved to Havana.
The brand has lived on throughout the years and is still producing some of the highest quality cigars in the industry.
In our eyes, it's no surprise that The Sir Winston was chosen to have a Gran Reserva release considering its extreme popularity and beloved Churchhill Vitola.
This specific cigar obviously has a lot of individual history for that the cigars components are from a 2011 crop selected by the finest tobacco blenders.
H. Upmann Sir Winston Gran Reserva Cosech 2011: An Instant Classic
It should come to no surprise that the Gran Reserva is an instant classic with the aged tobacco but at what cost?
According to Finest Cuban Cigars, each case is going for $3,300 making the individual cigars $220.
It's pretty clear that quality and luxury aren't cheap.
H. Upmann Sir Winston Gran Reserva Cosech 2011: Reviews
The fact that it was a pre-release and not the actual release says it all. But according to Cigar Inspector, the pre-release was sloppy and unsatisfying.
“From a Gran Reserva cigar, you expect at least a perfectly rolled Habanos. As mentioned by Habanos S.A., only the best rollers from the top factories have been involved in the construction of the Sir Winston GR. When feeling the cigar I understood the construction was really poor… They probably forgot half of the leaves.”
In other reviews, we learn about a wonderfully crafted cigar that had an amazing flavor.
“The first third, especially the first inch, was dominated by a rich sweet taste that coated the mouth and was very pleasant. Cake, perhaps? The retrohale brought a prominent cinnamon spice flavor that I enjoy in any cigar.”
We question how much of this has to do with the pre-release and the actual anticipated release because this Cigar comes so highly coveted. We will certainly have to gather more information and report back.
H. Upmann Sir Winston Gran Reserva Cosech 2011: Not For Beginners
Obviously, this cigar is for the more advanced smokers and pure enthusiasts. With a price tag like that, how could it not be?
We’re not telling you not to smoke this wonderfully crafted cigar if, given the opportunity, just don't expect to see inexperience and cigar game newbies coming around with one of these bad boys.
With a wonderful medium blend, anyone willing to shell out the cash would love this cigar. We would definitely recommend the enthusiast getting your hands on them while you can considering they only produced 5,000 cases in total.
H. Upmann Sir Winston Gran Reserva Cosech 2011: Statistics
Size : 7”
Ring : 47
Price (1): N/A
Price (Box of 25): $3,300